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I’m an introvert who becomes an extrovert when I’m teaching a class of adorable young people or when I’m among friends and buoyed by an abundance of liquid courage. But so far, this year has been about stepping outside of my comfort zone. Leaving every comfort I’ve ever known on another coast and trying new things, some hard things. Forcing my introverted soul out into a whole new world that it must converse with. This weekend, I tried something so very far outside of the lines I maintain for myself andIi survived. In fact, as I look back and reflect … Read more…

The Many Faces of Love Collection

So I’ve just arrived back from a fabulous family vacation to sunny California and I’m about to embark on a weekend writing adventure in Orcas Island…more about both of those trips shortly. But in the meantime, I want to tell you I’m so excited to be a part of The Many Faces of Love Collection from Booktrope! The ebook collection features 9 novels about love, from heartbreak to happily ever after. Don’t miss your chance to get this long-awaited collection for only 99 cents on Amazon! Praise for the Authors “In this honest and thoughtful exploration of a marriage coming … Read more…

Applehill Farm

Our house came with a name…Applehill Farm. This city girl, born and raised just outside of Manhattan, lives on an island in a log cabin with TWO chicken coops. The early days in the house were dodgy but now my new abode is growing on me. I love the changing scenery outside my bedroom window…the starscape, passing planes, cotton candy pink clouds that rise with the sun, and the fog that nestles between the trees and runs down to the cove. To complement the scenery, we’ve acquired some living things to make our home truly feel like a farm…or a … Read more…

things i love

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a list of things I love. I’ll blame it on the move and the stress that accompanied it. Anyway, here are some things that I’m loving at this very moment… The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante – I had a hard time getting into the first book. There are so many characters and I had a difficult time keeping track of them but I stuck with it reading along not always knowing who was who. After more than 1600 pages in the series, I can tell you this ranks up as a favorite, a … Read more…

#islandlife

In my mind I imagined writing so much more once I arrived in Seattle. I thought I’d be writing blogs left and right. I thought the books would naturally start flowing again and I’d find myself with all kinds of extra time. But instead, I begin blog posts all the time but then I get tongue tied or what I thought about writing stops ringing true with my mood. I was certain I’d have my next novel ready for publication and instead my book manager is giving me a good ole kick in the pants to get it done…soon. And … Read more…

home…

We flew home last week. Home being Virginia, the place I’ve spent the last seventeen years of my life. It’s the place where our hearts live and more often than not our bodies yearn to be. We’re back now in what for all technical purposes is our actual home, a log cabin on Bainbridge Island, and our trip made me start thinking about the definition of home and what it really means…to me. Home is a place where I can find comfort, feel safe and loved. Home is filled with laughter and other souls I can connect with. Home is … Read more…

A month…

We’ve been in the upper left corner of the United States for a month. In some ways it feels like we’ve been here for years, in other ways time is moving at its rapid fire pace. I get all confused when I say the word home as it’s hard to erase the feelings of security, love, and establishment that I felt in my home in Virginia and I’m still not ready to transfer those feelings to this place that, in writing, is my new home. We’ve been in our new house for almost three weeks and we’ve been forced to … Read more…

Things I’ve learned so far

1. Boots are a necessity. I haven’t worn my everyday cute little booties since I arrived. There’s mud here…I’m not sure if our driveway at the rental house is paved or just covered in inches of mud. In fact, I’m not sure if the road I am living on at the moment or the road I’m about to live on permanently are even paved…that’s how much mud there is around this little island. 2. Raincoats and hats aren’t a fashion accessory. I’ve been here for less than a week and have already realized styling your hair is fruitless. Ponytails and … Read more…

We’re here…

We landed in Seattle late Friday night with six carry on bags and sixteen pieces of luggage. But we left our hearts in Richmond. Saying goodbye tore me apart. Our entourage took us to the airport and I’m nearly certain it was more difficult than anyone of us could have predicted. I’ve come to realize that I love hard and deep. I prefer┬ásoul-baring connections. And that makes my days happier and filled with meaning but it isn’t easy to leave. But we’re here now in our rental house on Bainbridge Island for the next ten days and I have no … Read more…

I collect the moments while she learns from them

You know I’m a collector of moments. Moments I steal away in my heart and in all likelihood forget. But I think they kind of melt together and become the ingredients that make up my heart and my soul. I do remember the moment last night(because I captured it on my phone) when the twins were tucked in next to each other almost like they were eight and a half years ago in my tummy. Minutes before the sweetness there were tears because she remembered a comment he had made at school about her name being put last on a … Read more…